Participant Travel Plans
BEFORE YOU BOOK!
Please confirm your planned travel itinerary with us before booking your flights.
Kyrgyzstan's international airport is Manas Airport in Bishkek (airport code FRU). Standard routes to/from Bishkek are via Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) on Aeroflot Russian Airlines or Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) on Turkish Airlines. Other transit locations include Dubai (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates, Urumqi (URC) in western China, or Almaty (ALA) in Kazakhstan. NOTE that we have heard bad reviews of the low-cost Turkish carrier, Pegasus Airlines!
INSIDER’S TIP: If flying from the US and not from a major coastal city, you will likely find the cheapest fares by searching for separate tickets on partner airlines. For instance, Delta for the domestic leg and then Aeroflot to Bishkek via Moscow. Or United for the domestic leg and then Turkish to Bishkek via Istanbul. There are risks in booking separate tickets, but this is guaranteed how you will find the best prices and as long as the airlines are partners you should be able to check your bags in at the origin and send them all the way through to the final destination.
ARRIVE: Early morning the day before your tour start date. DEPART: Two days after your tour end date. As you'll find, most flights arrive and depart Bishkek in the predawn hours. Our driver will be waiting for your group at the airport and will bring you directly to our partner village, by way of Karakol (approx 6 hrs drive). On the tail end, we will arrange one night lodging at our partners' guesthouse in Karakol after you ride out from the yurts as well as return transport to Bishkek the following day and one night lodging in the big city before departures.
To make sure you're on the right track with your planning, please consult the "Tour dates" dropdown on our travel plans form.
EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES
Arriving early and/or staying late is totally fine with us, and recommended if you'd like to spend a few extra days in Bishkek or head out from there to explore more of the country. NOTE, however, that airport pickup is included only if arriving as outlined above. If you plan to arrive earlier, we are happy to put you in touch with the hotel we use in Bishkek to arrange pickup and additional nights lodging. For departures later than outlined above, airport drop off is included as long as you plan on staying at the hotel the night before your departure.
Along the same lines, if you plan on staying longer in the Karakol area after leaving the yurts, the entire group must be on the same schedule. We cannot arrange Karakol-Bishkek transport according to individual schedules. If you plan on staying extra nights in Karakol as a group, we are happy to put you in touch with our partners to arrange lodging for additional nights.
If you opted for our transport and lodging package, our travel requirements are the same as with our Guided tours (see above). If you have chosen to arrange transport and lodging on your own, we simply require that your group arrives in Karakol the day before your reservation start date, and we will then drop you off wherever you have arranged your lodging in Karakol by nightfall on your reservation end date.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any travel related questions.
PLEASE NOTE! If you are traveling together as a group, we ask that you designate a single group member to submit your travel plans.